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  • 'The problem is that I’m always seen as ...

    Mauro Icardi's agent and wife Wanda Nara has delivered an insight into talks regarding a new contract for the Inter captain and is adamant an agreement will be reached. Chelsea and Real Madrid have both been linked with moves for the Argentina international, who has scored 14 go...

    'The problem is that I’m always seen as the idiot' - Nara insists Icardi will sign new Inter contract

    Mauro Icardi's agent and wife Wanda Nara has delivered an insight into talks regarding a new contract for the Inter captain and is adamant an agreement will be reached. Chelsea and Real Madrid have both been linked with moves for the Argentina international, who has scored 14 goals in 24 appearances for the San Siro club this season. Icardi's current deal expires in 2021 but in an attempt to ward off interest from afar, both parties are keen to extend the agreement. Chief-executive Giuseppe Marotta is unconcerned by the delay to the 25-year-old signing fresh terms and his representative is similarly confident a deal will be achieved. Speaking after the 0-0 draw with Sassuolo, Nara told Italian TV show Tiki Taka: “Mauro isolated on Saturday? Yes, it can happen but it’s said that he’s always the culprit. “He’s there, he’s used to it, he’s the captain. Games like these happen, but the rumours about his renewal haven’t destabilised him. “A champion like him doesn’t feel any pressure. He can be very cold and these things don’t bother him. “Neither Mauro nor I have ever asked for anything, The problem is that I’m always seen as the idiot. “When the club decide it’s the right moment to call us, we’ll answer and sit down with them. “There’s a real possibility of him staying at Inter for a long time.  "An agreement soon? I’ve received positive signals, so I hope it can be an important week: my phone is on and for me he’ll renew 100 per cent, even if I haven’t talked to anyone yet. “I don’t like hearing people say Inter’s dressing room depends on Mauro’s renewal because it’s the same as saying Inter are a weak club and that’s not true at all." Icardi has not appeared to have been distracted by speculation over his future or the delay to him signing a new contract. Luciano Spalletti's side are third in Serie A, eight points ahead of fifth place Lazio in the race for Champions League qualification. Their attempts to end the campaign with a piece of silverware will resume when they face the Rome club in the Coppa Italia quarter-final and then Rapid Wien in the Europa League last-32.

  • Allegri: Khedira will be like a new sign...

    Massimiliano Allegri feels Sami Khedira will be like a new signing for Juventus due to his return from injury. Khedira has been restricted to six Serie A appearances this term but he came off the bench late as Juve beat AC Milan in Wednesday's Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah. Juv...

    Allegri: Khedira will be like a new signing for Juventus

    Massimiliano Allegri feels Sami Khedira will be like a new signing for Juventus due to his return from injury. Khedira has been restricted to six Serie A appearances this term but he came off the bench late as Juve beat AC Milan in Wednesday's Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah. Juve have been linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, but the Gunners are aiming to keep the Wales international until his contract expires at the end of the season. And even though Juve face a busy schedule as they compete for honours both domestically and in Europe, Allegri does not expect to make significant additions to his squad this month. "Our January purchase will be Khedira. As far as the others are concerned, at this time of the season, the biggest risk is to settle down," Allegri told reporters ahead of Monday's home game against Chievo. "This does not have to happen, otherwise we risk compromising everything. We need to achieve the goals we work for. We have to do an aggressive race tomorrow, right away." In other transfer news it appears that Leonardo Spinazzola, will be leaving the club  "He [Spinazzola] goes away if a substitute arrives," Allegri stated. "He needs to play but without a substitute he does not go away." Goal understands that Juve have found such a replacement in the form of Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian, whose introduction on a short-term loan will allow Spinazzola to leave. Allegri also confirmed Mattia Perin will make his fifth Serie A appearance of the season in goal as he gave an early squad update for the Chievo clash. "Alex Sandro will start tomorrow [Monday]," Allegri continued. "[Andrea] Barzagli is still working, [Mehdi] Benatia is out. "[Miralem] Pjanic's condition will be evaluated during the week. Perin will play tomorrow." Juventus could move as much as 12 points clear at the top of the table should they beat Chievo on, depending on the result of second-placed Napoli, who face Lazio on Sunday evening.

  • Higuain dropped by Milan ahead of Chelse...

    Gonzalo Higuain has been left out of Milan's squad to face Genoa, with head coach Gennaro Gattuso effectively confirming the Argentina striker has decided he wants to join Chelsea. Higuain came off the bench during the second half of the Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Juventus la...

    Higuain dropped by Milan ahead of Chelsea move

    Gonzalo Higuain has been left out of Milan's squad to face Genoa, with head coach Gennaro Gattuso effectively confirming the Argentina striker has decided he wants to join Chelsea. Higuain came off the bench during the second half of the Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Juventus last time out - a decision Gattuso attributed to the player suffering from a virus. He was not listed when Milan tweeted their 23-man travelling party for Monday's match at Stadio Luigi Ferraris and, at a subsequent news conference, Gattuso questioned Higuain's professionalism and insisted recent speculation had taken its toll with Milan managing two wins in their past eight outings. "I want to be honest with you all. We had a poor training session today due to all these rumours," Gattuso said. "We spoke after the training session and I did not consider him [Higuain] ready for this game. "I accept his decision. Surely he could have done more and maybe we could have helped him fit in better. "Right now we have to work with professionalism and determination, all these rumours have not helped us lately and we have to look ahead. "I am more worried about how to transmit calmness to the players and how to field the best team. Tomorrow [Monday] we will be without four players and I am a bit worried. We have to put it aside and play with enthusiasm. Higuain joined Milan on an initial season-long loan deal in August, with Milan having the option to buy him outright for €36million. That part of the transfer was assumed to be a formality but an underwhelming return of six goals in 15 Serie A appearances – and one since the end of October – leave the 31-year-old bound for a reunion with his old Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea lie fourth in the Premier League, although Sarri lambasted his players in the aftermath of Saturday's 2-0 London derby loss to Arsenal, accusing them of lacking motivation and a strong mentality. Eden Hazard cut a forlorn figure when selected once again as the Blues' central attacker – a role Higuain is expected to step straight into with Sarri seemingly reluctant to start Olivier Giroud and having left Alvaro Morata out of his latest matchday squad. The Spain striker has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid. During his final season under Sarri at Napoli in 2015-16, Higuain set a Serie A scoring record with 36 goals in 35 top-flight appearances.

  • Marotta has 'no doubts' over new Inter d...

    Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta insisted the club have "no doubts" Mauro Icardi will sign a new contract, while he said Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin wants to join.  Despite being contracted until 2021, Inter captain and striker Icardi has been linked with a move away from the...

    Marotta has 'no doubts' over new Inter deal for Icardi

    Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta insisted the club have "no doubts" Mauro Icardi will sign a new contract, while he said Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin wants to join.  Despite being contracted until 2021, Inter captain and striker Icardi has been linked with a move away from the Serie A side.  Icardi's agent and wife Wanda Nara said the Argentina international will renew , having previously claimed the 25-year-old was nowhere near extending his contract amid reported interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United.  Speaking prior to Saturday's goalless draw at home to Sassuolo, Marotta said Icardi is close to re-signing.  "We have no doubts that Mauro Icardi will remain here, as we are happy with him and vice versa," Marotta told DAZN. "The only remaining issue is when to put pen to paper on the contracts."  Inter, meanwhile, have been tipped to sign Atletico and Uruguay centre-back Godin as a free agent.  Godin is out of contract at the end of the season and the 32-year-old is reportedly set to join Inter, with Atleti boss Diego Simeone admitting that he could leave.   "Both Atleti and the player are seeking the best solution for all parties,"  Simeone told reporters earlier this month .   "The club and Godin know what I think about this.  "If he does remain with us, it'll be because it's best for him and the club."  Asked about Godin, Marotta said: "I have to underline that Inter have a very strong appeal, as many players are looking for us and agents knock on our door. This is flattering, as it means we represent a reference point in the world of football." Inter sit third in the league table, four points back of Napoli, though that lead could be extended on Sunday when Carlo Ancelotti's men host Lazio.   Both sides are well back of league leaders Juventus, who remain unbeaten on the season and are nine points in front of Napoli.   Inter return to league action next Sunday with a clash against mid-table Torino with a Coppa Italia quarter-final to follow to close out the month. 

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